Amplify, a publisher of next-generation curriculum and assessment programs, announced that it has acquired K–12 mathematics online learning company Mathigon. The London-based edtech startup develops and publishes unique, highly interactive, and visually compelling tools, activities, and courses that enable students to explore the beauty and power of mathematics.
Since 2016, Mathigon has provided free content and tools to teachers, students, and parents in more than 20 languages. Polypad is a “mathematical playground” that features best-in-class virtual manipulatives and other tools to enable exploration, creativity, and problem-solving. Mathigon’s interactive courses for middle and high school cover topics such as algebra, geometry, fractals, graph theory, and cryptography. Every course contains dozens of simulations, animations, games, and interactives, along with a virtual tutor that provides hints and encouragement. Storytelling, real-life applications, and historical content show students why what they’re learning is important and meaningful. Mathigon is used by more than 600,000 students and teachers every month around the world.
Polypad and other Mathigon resources will continue to be freely available, as Amplify is committed to removing barriers to high-quality math instruction and supporting all students in becoming creative problem-solvers. Polypad and other Mathigon tools also will be integrated into Amplify’s in-development math programs, inspiring students to explore and discover mathematics and empowering teachers to see students’ thinking and facilitate meaningful dialogue between students.
“I have almost never seen a product that inspires such pure intellectual delight in children and adults. Delight may be the hardest outcome to achieve in education. Mathigon achieves it over and over again,” said Larry Berger, chief executive officer of Amplify. “When we saw the beautiful, easy-to-use tools that the Mathigon team had built, we knew we wanted to help bring them to even more teachers and students across the world. We also knew we wanted the Mathigon technology and team to be part of our journey of creating the highest quality and most delightful math programs available.”
Mathigon Founder and CEO Philipp Legner will join the Amplify team as vice president, Mathigon Studio, overseeing enhancements to Mathigon’s offerings and integration of key elements into Amplify’s programs. Legner will help spur innovation and power up the company’s already robust product design and engineering teams. His contributions will boost Amplify’s ability to deliver high-quality, student-empowering instructional tools in K–12 mathematics.
“From the very beginning, my goal with Mathigon was to make online learning more interactive and engaging than ever before. Rather than just watching a video and ‘consuming information,’ students should explore, discover, and be creative,” said Philipp Legner, founder and chief executive officer of Mathigon. “Mathematics is both incredibly powerful and surprisingly beautiful, and I want every student to enjoy learning. I’m incredibly excited to work with Amplify to reach even more students.”